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nickel stem available in any length

original prismatic industrial glass  H 18in. x W 8in. x 8in.  H 30in. x W 75in. x 30in.



Halophane pendant light fixture $450.00





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Industrial glass top table $1800.00


Brass pendant fiture $650.00





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H 56in. x W 16in. x 16in.  H 11in. x W 17in. x D 5in.  These little penny sized coins were struck in the early years of the American Civil War to fill a commercial need when people began hording hard currency.  By July of 1862 even the lowly copper cent had all but disappeared from public circulation.  Though the U. S. Mint began issuing substitute paper money in the usual coinage denominations and folks began using postage stamps to augment that effort, commercial needs demanded something more familiar and more durable. The private minting of what collectors refer to as <I>HARD-TIME</I> TOKENS began to appear in the fall of 1862.   These private issue coins fell in two categories, the <I>patriotic token</I> which did not carry the name of a specific redeemer and the so called <I>store-card</I> type which carried the name of a specific merchant.  The little private issue ‘penny’  filled the commercial need and soon enjoyed general acceptance as a means of exchange usually allotted the value of one cent.  The little copper cent was minted in several variations and designs (usually patriotic) and were almost immediately a collectable accounting for some limited availability of nice condition examples still available on today’s collectors market.  Not a common find outside of collector circles though, as the short lived Civil War token was outlawed by act of Congress in 1864 when the issuance of currency in any form by private individuals was forbidden.  We have acquired a small collection of these little relics and are offering them individually in our online shop for the collector who would enjoy a nice original example to go in a Civil War grouping or coin collection.  The patriotic example offered here remains in pleasing, uncirculated condition with a natural age patina.  (Will make a neat original Civil War vintage gift without spending lots of money.)You may view all of these that are currently on our site by entering <I> patriotic token </I>  in our search feature.  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

 This US marked keg spigot is of turned maple with a natural cork insert to insure a leak proof fit.   The spigot measures approximately 11 1/8 inches in length and though it offers good evidence of age and period originality appears never to have been used.  Appropriate for use or display with any number of period barrel, hogshead, or keg applications, the cork insert is generally considered most appropriate to use with beer, wine and spirits barrels and kegs.  A neat display item to lay in with Civil War vintage sutler, country store or military quartermaster items. <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best.  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!



NEON SIGN $650.00


Civil War ARMY & NAVY Patriotic / ‘HARD- $35.00


antique U S Keg Spigot $95.00

Civil War patriotic imprint with ornately designed vignette of General Winfield Scott with a banner above with title, "Our Commander In Chief" and American flags and shield below. The motto, "The War For The Union" is in stars and stripes letters at the upper right. Staining at the corners. 5 1/2 x 3 1/8.

***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.   

<b>With front page quote from John Hay, one of Lincoln's private secretaries during the Civil War!</b> 

6 1/8 x 9 1/2.

LINCOLN MEMORIAL CONCERT. Saturday Afternoon, February Twelfth, Nineteen Hundred And Ten, At Quarter To Two O' Clock. "What but lifetime schooling in disappointment; what but the pioneer's self-reliance and freedom from prejudice; what but the patient faith, the clear preceptions of natural right, the unwarped sympathy and unbounded charity of this man with spirit so humble and soul so great, could have carried him through the labors he wrought, to the victory he attained!" John Hay. Congregational Church, Norfolk, Connecticut. Artist: Mischa Elman, Violinist. Percy Kahn, at the Piano. Page two has a verse titled "Violin Music: Is it that Nature draws a well-strung bow, O'er all the human hearts, whose quivering strings Die near her breast, and for an answer brings A cry of passion vaster than we know, An endless vibrating of love and woe! Is it the gathered sadness of the sea? Or all the wind says in its agony? Is it the tread of men who feel they go To certain death? Yes! all of these and more; Beyond the sweeping storm, the depth of calm; Beyond the maddened waves, a quiet shore; Beyond the anguish of the wound, a balm. Hid in that resonant refrain Lie joy and victory beyond all pain." Page 3 gives the details of the programme noting that one of the numbers is a minuet by Beethoven. Light age toning and wear. Very fine. Desirable Abraham Lincoln related item with a nice quote from John Hay, one of his private secretaries during the Civil War.    

Ninth plate tintype of a Union soldier wearing a shell jacket, over the shoulder leather belt, rectangular eagle belt plate, a Colt pistol is prominently displayed tucked inside of his belt and he holds a cavalry saber at his side. Comes in a full leather covered case with red velvet liner, brass mat, keeper and glass. Very fine double armed Yankee cavalryman.  

American shield with anchor, New York, and the year 1863 on the obverse. Edw. Scharf, 14 & 16 Division St. on the reverse. Near uncirculated.

General Winfield Scott $5.00


1910, President Abraham Lincoln Memorial $25.00


Tintype, Double Armed Yankee Cavalryman $350.00


1863 Civil War Merchant Token, Edward Sc $35.00

A bit late for our usual fare but we couldn’t resist when we had the opportunity to acquire a small lot of these original caps for the old cast iron or <I>white-metal</I> cap guns us old-timers remember from our boyhood.  (These are modern times however so we must offer the appropriate caution that these caps are offered for display purposes only.)   Offered here as a <U>lot of 10</U> blue paper rolls, these neat old caps will lay in well with a single example or collection of those wonderful old toy <I>repeater</I> cap guns. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Though they could be properly utilized by militia through the Mexican War era, these are the larger strap buttons utilized with the regulation <I>bell crown</I> cap of 1821 through 1832.  Acquired many years ago in a collection of early American military insignia, this <U>pair</U> remain in fine <I>as new</I> condition as a reflection of what was available from the large 1940s and 50s military surplus dealers. Nicely die struck from brass and lightly gold gilded with soldered on wire fasteners this fine example of the type should not be confused with the smaller counterparts of the 1870s and 80s or lesser quality modern reproductions. <U>Priced for the pair.</U>  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I> All direct sales are backed by </I> <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased !</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item is being returned per these previsions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 This attractive 48 star GAR stick flag, is printed in the traditional old style on coarse cotton gauze measuring 18 X 10 1/2 inches with the original 30 inch stick. Recovered from a defunct G. A. R. Civil War veteran hall some years ago, we have had a small number of these flags in storage since.  They remain in excellent unused condition yet offer the charm of the early printed construction on coarse gauze expected of these flags from the 1860s through to the earliest c.1912, 48 star flags.  (After about 1913 these stick memorial and parade flags can be expected to be printed on cotton of a much tighter weave.)  Anyway as part of our <I>clean out / pick up</I> effort we are offering the few that we have individually priced while they last.   A nice all original decoration piece without spending a ton of money.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. 

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Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was published on the front page of the October 18, 1862 issue of Harper's Weekly. Caption: Major General Franz Sigel, Commanding Twelfth Corps, Army of the Potomac. From a Drawing by Mr. Emil Sigel. 11 x 16. Harper's Weekly, date and their ornate illustrated masthead at the top. Thin original mailing label at lower left edge not affecting the subject.

antique toy Cap Gun – CAPS (10 rolls) $35.00


c. 1821 – 1832 BELL CROWN HAT CHIN STRA $75.00


c. 1912 G. A. R. STICK FLAG $45.00


General Franz Sigel $10.00

By Thomas Truxtun Moebs. Confederate Naval Imprints Described and Annotated, Chronology of Naval Operations and Administration, Marine Corps and Naval Officer Biographies, Description and Service of Vessels, Subject Bibliography. Specifically Compiled for Collectors, Historians and Librarians. Published by Moebs Publishing Company, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1991. First Printing, 1 of 500 Copies. Hardcover, 8 1/2 x 11 1/4, dust jacket, 578 pages, illustrated. Excellent condition. Great reference source for the Confederate States Navy. A must for all Confederate naval collectors. Rare.  

Sixth plate tintype of a gentleman sporting a thick mustache. He is nicely dressed in a jacket, vest, white shirt and tie. Comes with brass mat, keeper, glass and a full leather covered case with red velvet liner. Minor bend in the tintype. Very fine image.   

Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was published in Harper's Weekly. Caption: Union Troops Under Major General Grant. Excellent Civil War battle scene. 10 1/4 x 13 3/4.  H 32in. x D 16IN


Confederate States Navy Research Guide


Tintype, Gentleman Sporting Thick Mustac $25.00


Union Troops Under Major General Grant $15.00



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Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Half view of Yankee soldier sporting a thin mustache and wearing his shell jacket open to show his checkered shirt. Backmark: Gorgas & Mulvey, Photographers, Madison, Ind. There is a period ink identification written on the back, D. Doile. Light age toning and wear. Very fine.







CDV Identified Union Soldier Photographe $45.00

<b>United States Congressman from Wisconsin

Appointed U.S. Consul General to the British Province of Canada by President Lincoln in 1863</b>

(1817-99) Nicknamed "Bowie Knife Potter," he was born in Augusta, Maine, attended Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H., studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1837 and commenced practice in East Troy, Wisconsin. He served as Judge of Walworth County, Wisconsin, 1842-46, and was a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1856. He served as a delegate to the Whig National Conventions in 1852 and 1856, and to the Republican National Conventions of 1860 and 1864. Served as a Republican U.S. Congressman, 1857-63.  He served as the Chairman on the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions, and served as a member of the Committee on Public Lands. President Lincoln appointed him Consul General of the United States to the British Provinces in Canada and he served in that capacity from 1863 to 1866, residing in what was then the capital city of Montreal.

<u>Signature With Title</u>: 3 3/4 x 2, signed in ink by Potter while he was serving as U.S. Consul General.  

Sixth plate tintype of a handsome young gentleman with chin whiskers. He is wearing a high quality jacket with silk trim, and a white shirt and tie. Comes with brass mat, keeper, glass and a full leather covered case with red velvet liner. The case is separated at the spine, and there is a small chip to the bottom edge of one side of the leather case. Nice quality antebellum or Civil War era image.    Patriotic and politically satirical  postal covers were a popularly circulated art form in the times of the American Civil War with virtually every subject and opinion of the day expressed.  Political and social satire envelopes were second only to patriotic subjects with both pro Union and pro Confederate bent.    While the vast majority were put to use in the mails and have not survived, the wide variety of subject matter made the little covers a natural collectible even in the period.  An ever dwindling supply of nice condition, unused examples have thus survived offering today’s collector / historian an opportunity to put together a respectable collection of quality original examples.  Though steadily growing in value these covers still offer an opportunity on to accumulate a category of original Civil War artifacts and watch them grow in interest and value all at a relatively modest initial cost.  We try to keep a small and varying supply of these on our site for those folks who might enjoy them.  You can bring them all up for viewing by entering <I>satirical envelope</I> in our search feature.   Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!   


Sixth plate tintype in full thermoplastic case. Half view of a New York Infantryman wearing a kepi with reversed regimental numerals visible. I'm not 100% sure what the second numeral is, but the first one is definitely a "4." The second numeral is either a "0," an "8" or a "9," so this Yankee soldier served with the 40th New York Volunteers, the 48th New York Volunteers, or the 49th New York Volunteers, all good regiments. The reason I know that he is a New York soldier is because he is wearing a (reversed) "S.N.Y." belt plate. He is also wearing a 9 button frock coat with shoulder tabs, holds his musket with fixed bayonet at his side, and has a bowie knife, possibly a Sheffield, and a pistol tucked inside of his belt. The tintype shows light scratching and scuffing and some surface blemishes. The image has some obvious condition flaws, however, the content is extremely desirable being a triple armed Yankee soldier, with regimental numerals on his kepi and an S.N.Y. belt plate. It comes complete with brass mat, keeper and glass, and is displayed in a full thermoplastic case with velvet liner and scroll design. This is illustration #321 in the excellent reference book, "Union Cases, A Collector's Guide To The Art Of America's First Plastics," by Clifford and Michelle Krainik, with Carl Walvoord. Very reasonably priced.

Autograph, John F. Potter $20.00


Tintype, Handsome Young Gentleman $25.00


Civil War era - Black SATIRICAL ENVELOP $35.00


Tintype, Triple Armed New York Infantrym $495.00

  Sometimes seen as one or two individual letters, this classic set of wooden printer type in bold vintage font contains <U>all the letters of the alphabet</U> plus <B>&</B> and <B>!</B>.  Carved from 15/16 inch thick rock maple blocks, each letter is 1 5/8 inch high in a bold Civil War vintage font as was popularly utilized in printing those wonderful old broadsides of the period.  This scarce set will go in well in any period grouping and will display especially well with a period recruiting or advertising broadside. As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

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 Sawed to size (18 x 8 x 9/16 inch thick) from seasoned Maine white pine, then stenciled on one side, these panels were then stacked and sent along to the <I>box- shop</I> with corresponding plain pine panels each cut to proper size.  Here workers would assemble the rough cut panels to fabricate wooden crates and boxes for containment of all manner of goods.  Side panels for standard size containers frequently utilized pre stenciled decoration with a place left for later addition of the end user’s name or content identification.  The bold figure of a steam powered <I>side-wheeler</I> with its American flag fluttering from the stern was a popular figure in the patriotic 19th century. Recovered from the pine wood scraps of a turn of the century country<I>box shop</I> cleanout, this period panel remain in fine untouched condition with a wonderful honey age patina and clearly period stenciling.  Wonderful Americana decorators seldom encountered in such nice condition ! <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


Sixth plate tintype of Union soldier sporting a goatee beard and wearing a  uniform coat with shoulder tabs, and U.S. oval belt plate (reversed in image), pistol and bowie knife can be seen sticking out of his belt. Comes in a half case, with brass mat, keeper and glass. Typical wear.  

8 x 12, imprinted form, filled out in ink.

Invoice of Clothing, Camp and Garrison Equipage transferred by C.H. Gaubert, Capt. and Asst. Quartermaster, U.S. Army, at Lebanon, Ky., to H.S. Palmer, 16th Ky. Inft., March 29th, 1864. For ten camp kettles that are in new condition. Signed, C.H. Gaubert, Capt. & A.Q.M. Very fine. Uncommon regiment.

Charles H. Gaubert, enlisted on March 24, 1864, as a captain, and was commissioned into the U.S. Volunteers Quartermaster's Department. He was mustered out of the service on July 8, 1865.

complete alphabet ! earlier 1800s throu $165.00


c. 1800s SIDE-WHEELER decorated pine box $45.00


Tintype, Double Armed Yankee Wearing U. S $395.00


16th Kentucky Infantry Invoice $20.00

Unused patriotic envelope with large bust illustration of Colonel John W. Geary. Imprint at upper right, Col. Geary's Twenty-Eighth Regiment P.[ennsylvania] V.[olunteers. Col. Geary in script below his likeness. Published by Magee, Phila. Light age toning. Very fine. Desirable Pennsylvania regimental cover. 

<u>John W. Geary</u>: (1819-1873) From the age of 16 he had been a militia lieutenant and with the outbreak of war with Mexico, he was elected Lieutenant Colonel of the 2nd Pennsylvania Infantry, and took part in General Winfield Scott's advance from Vera Cruz to Mexico City. In the interval between the close of the Mexican War and start of the Civil War, Geary organized the post office system in California, served as the 1st mayor of San Francisco, and for several months was the territorial Governor of Kansas. On June 28, 1861, he was appointed Colonel of the 28th Pennsylvania Infantry and joined the command of General Nathaniel P. Banks at Harpers Ferry. He distinguished himself in several engagements and was wounded at Bolivar Heights, captured Leesburg in March 1862, was twice wounded at Cedar Mountain, and returned to action in time to command a division of the 12th Corps at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Later transferred to the western army, he fought at Chattanooga, the Atlanta campaign and took part in General Sherman's celebrated March to the Sea. After the capture of Savannah, Ga., Geary was appointed it's military governor. His post war career saw him elected Governor of Pennsylvania in 1866, serving two terms.  H 29in. x W 20in. x D 9in.

ORIGINAL RED PAINT  14in. x 14in. x 1in.

PADDED LEATHER IS MINT  H 9in. x W 70in. x D 1 1/2in.

Patriotic Cover, Colonel Geary's 28th Pe $25.00







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OLD B / A GAS CAN $120.00



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